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Singer Iyanya Charged With Car Theft, Pleaded Not Guilty

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The Police Special Fraud Unit (PSFU) Ikoyi, Lagos, has charged Nigerian singer Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, popularly called Iyanya, with alleged car theft.

Iyanya was arraigned for the offence on February 4, 2020 before Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of an Igbosere High Court, Lagos.

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The Nation learnt that the police filed the one-count charge marked LD/9024c/2019, against the singer on March 15, 2019.

Iyanya failed to appear in court for arraignment, despite allegedly being served with the charge and hearing notice, following which the arraignment was adjourned six times.

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At the last adjournment, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile threatened to invoke the power of the court to ensure Iyanya’s attendance to take his plea.

The ‘Kurukere’ singer appeared before the judge on February 4, 2020, following which the charge was read to him.

Prosecution counsel, Mr. Chukwu Agwu, a Superintendent of Police (SP), alleged that Iyanya committed the offence sometimes in September 2018.

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The court heard that the defendant allegedly dishonestly converted to his use or of another person, a Black Toyota Land Cruiser Prado Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) marked MAVINIY, with Chassis and Engine numbers JTEBX7FJ7EK165480 and 2TR1385954.

Agwu told the court that said vehicle belongs to ‘The Temple Management Company Ltd, represented by a lawyer, Ayodeji Olomojobi.

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The offence, according to the prosecutor, was contrary to Sections 278(1) (b), 279(1)(2) and punishable under Section 285(10) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Iyanya pleaded not guilty.

Agwu prayed the court to remand the defendant in the Nigerian Correctional Services (NCS) custody, pending the hearing and determination of his bail application.

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But Iyanya’s counsel, Mr Williams A., opposed him.

He prayed the court to release the musician to him and undertook to produce him in court on the next adjournment.

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Justice Okikiolu-Ighile granted the defence counsel’s prayer and released him to his counsel.

She adjourned till February 27 and March 17, for ruling on Iyanya’s bail application and commencement of trial.

(NATION)

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US Intel: NDLEA, EFCC Bust Cartel With Fake $269,000

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The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, has uncovered a fake dollar cartel in Lagos.

Media Director, Femi Babafemi announced the bust in a statement on Saturday.

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The joint operation involved operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.

Babafemi said the agency worked on intelligence received from the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the United States.

The federal law enforcement agency under the Department of Justice (DoJ) is tasked with combating drug trafficking and distribution.

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NDLEA said the Lagos cartel had been involved in the trafficking of fake American currency, with its base in the commercial city.

A total of $269,000 counterfeit US dollars were recovered from the syndicate at Oniru Shoprite area of Lekki, Lagos, where three suspects were arrested”, Babafemi confirmed.

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NDLEA Chairman, Buba Marwa has directed that the fake dollars and suspects be transferred to the EFCC for prosecution.

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Man, 21, Bags Three-year Jail Term Over Theft Of Generator

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A 21-year-old man was on Friday sentenced to three years imprisonment for stealing a generator valued at N500,000.

Victor Isaac was convicted by a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Akure, Ondo State capital.

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Isaac was said to have committed the crime on January 8, 2023, at Imade street in Ijapo Estate, a highbrow axis of the state capital.

While pleading guilty to the one-count charge of theft he was charged with; the convict informed the court that after stealing the generator, he sold it for N9,000.

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Counsel to the convict, Kehinde Osadugba, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy and pleaded that the convict did not give the court a tough time.

He was found guilty of the crime by Presiding Magistrate Tope Aladejana, who sentenced him to three years in prison without an option of a fine.

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Court Remands 8 Sharia Judges, 7 Others For Allegedly Stealing N99m

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Court Remands 8 Sharia Judges, 7 Others For Allegedly Stealing N99m

A magistrate court in Kano State has ordered eight Sharia Court judges and seven Sharia Commission staff members to be remanded in prison custody over the allegation of diversion of N99 million belonging to orphans in the state.

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Magistrate Mustapha Sa’ad Datti gave the order on Thursday following charges of diverting N99 million instituted against the 15 persons before the court by the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, ICPC.

Magistrate Datti ordered that the defendants be kept behind bars pending the next sitting of the court.

The defendants include Gazzali Wada, Yusuf Abdullahi, Sani Ali, Bashir Baffa, Sani Uba Ali, Hadi Tijjani Mu’azu, Mustafah Bala, and Alkasim Abdullahi.

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Other defendants in the custody of the Nigerian Correctional Center facility are Abdullahi Sulaiman Zango, Jaafar Ahmad, Bashir Ali Kurawa, Adamu Balarabe, Garba Yusuf, Aminu Abdulhadi, and Usaina Imam.

As presented, the judges and the staff were accused of “conspiracy, betrayal of trust and theft of N99 million.”

Meanwhile, the defendants all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Accordingly, the lead counsel for the plaintiff, Zaharaddin Kofar Mata, called for an adjournment to present substantial evidence before the court.

Following a request by the counsel for the defendants to have their clients released on bail, the court declined to grant the application and ordered that the defendants be remanded in prison custody.

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